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Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt, Kalamunda mayor Margaret Thomas, Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti and Forrestfield MP Stephen Price after the Hale Road/Woolworths Drive project completion.

Kalamunda advocates to Parliament

By Melissa Sheil

KALAMUNDA mayor Margaret Thomas and chief executive Rhonda Hardy will travel to Canberra to lobby Federal Government to fund 12 different community ventures.

Council approved the advocacy trip at its April meeting.

Projects listed for advocacy include High Wycombe Community Hub, High Wycombe Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Scott Reserve Masterplan, Kalamunda Road upgrades, Woodlupine Community Hub, Hartfield Park Masterplan, Maida Vale Reserve Masterplan, Ray Owen Reserve Master Plan, Kalamunda Safe Access and Tourism Attraction Project, Stirk Park Master Plan, Pickering Brook Sports Club and the Kalamunda Bike Plan.

The amount required to fund all projects is $158.9 million and Council have the option to adjust the proposed list.

Wattle Grove resident Bev Dornan raised concern with the cost-effectiveness of the mission.

This resulted in a round of questioning from councillors and a request for a complete itinerary and reasoning behind the necessity of the trip.

Ms Hardy said face-to-face advocacy was vital in securing funding promises.

“In my view, in person advocacy is critically important,” she said.

“We’ve been to Canberra for funding the projects of Tonkin and Roe Highways, Hale Road, Woolworths Drive and Kalamunda Road – that’s $300 million worth of infrastructure attracted to us all from face-to-face advocacy.

“All local governments will be going and if you don’t go, your projects won’t be in line.

“Its very important for our faces to be seen in Federal Parliament.

“Just sending lots of letters asking for money doesn’t seem like a very effective way to get funding for these crucial projects, you have to show your face.”

The Council report said the trip would cost $4700.

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